Sunday, July 15, 2018

India opens skies to Philippines, allows unlimited direct flights

New Delhi: The archipelago of the Philippines will soon be a direct flight away from Indian cities. The two countries have now allowed 28 weekly flights between their major cities and unlimited frequencies between their smaller cities. This is the first enhancement of flying rights in more than a decade, raising the earlier bilateral that allowed only seven flights a week.
“After 13 years, bilateral civil aviation negotiations were held between India and Philippines on July 11 and 12, 2018. Airlines of both countries can now operate 28 weekly flights to the major cities and also deploy unlimited capacity to alter cities in both countries. This will enable direct flights between India and Philippines again,” the aviation ministry said in a Tweet.
While the number of Indian tourists visiting the Philippines has been rising in recent times, there is no direct flight between the two countries. So they take one-stop connections on airlines like Singapore Airlines, Thai, Air Asia, and Silk Air. Airlines of Philippines approached Indian authorities some time back, seeking enhancement of bilateral so that they could start direct flights. The archipelago’s flag carrier Philippines Airlines (PA) is learnt to be planning to start direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Manila this year.
15/07/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India